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Mycoplasma Genitalium

Mycoplasma Genitalium This is a small parasitic bacterium that attaches itself to the genital tract and attacks the host's tissue.

What is it?

A mycoplasma genitalium infection is quite similar to chlamydia and gonorrhoea, but often occurs together with other STIs, making it difficult to diagnose. It is a small parasitic infection that can affect both men and women, and is transmitted when small mycoplasma organisms are transferred through unprotected sex. These organisms cause an infection by attaching themselves to the surface of the genital tract and attacking the host's tissue.

Mycoplasma genitalium is often associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV) in women, and is a common cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men. This infection can contracted if you are sexually active, and more so if you have sex with multiple partners. It is passed on through vaginal, anal or oral sex.

What are the symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium is asymptomatic, meaning most people won't notice any symptoms. It can also be associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV), cervicitis, endometritis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Men usually experience urethral discharge, pain or burning during urination and urethritis with a mycoplasma infection. However, the main symptom of mycoplasma for men is an inflammation of the urethra. Men are often diagnosed with this infection if they experience a continuous urethral inflammation and test negative for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

The common symptoms of this STI for women usually include continuous pain during sex and vaginal itching. Pain or burning during urination are also common symptoms for women.

What are the risks?

A mycoplasma genitalium infection can stay unrecognised for months because it rarely shows any symptoms. If you don't successfully treat the infection in its early stages, it can cause prostatitis or epididymitis (swollen and painful testicles) in men and cervicitis, urethritis, PID or ectopic pregnancy in women.

Mycoplasma genitalium can also leave both men and women infertile and experiencing long-lasting pelvic pain if it's left untreated for a long period of time.

Can mycoplasma genitalium be cured?

You can take a simple course of antibiotics as a successful cure for mycoplasma genitalium. The most effective mycoplasma genitalium treatment is Azithromycin, which can be taken as a high dosage, one-off treatment.

Azithromycin is a well-tolerated and highly effective oral antibiotic that can be used as an effective single-dose treatment for mycoplasma genitalium and other STIs. It simply prevents the spread of the bacteria so that your body can easily fight off the infection within just a few days. To treat mycoplasma genitalium, you need to take one 2000mg tablet orally in a single dose.

Taking a mycoplasma genitalium test

Mycoplasma genitalium can be tested for either individually with a Mycoplasma Genitalium test or during a Full STI Screen test. Order a test online and you'll receive a test kit in the post, which includes a specimen tube, a transport cup and a pre-paid envelope. You urinate in the specimen tube, seal it in the transport cup and send it to our laboratory in the pre-paid envelope. The laboratory will test your sample and make your results available online within two to three days. If you do test positive for this STI, we can help you to find the right prescription treatment solution.

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